ARS Season is back on!!!!
Red snapper – Gulf fall season
Private recreational and state for-hire season gets 6 extra days
Information: The season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations will be open on the following Saturdays and Sundays: Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Private recreational anglers may harvest red snapper in state and federal waters; however, state for-hire operations are limited to fishing for red snapper in Gulf state waters only.
This fall season opening is based on Gulf Reef Fish Survey data indicating that approximately 75% of Florida’s 2019 quota was harvested during the June 11–July 12 season and that a six-day fall weekend season is warranted. The Gulf Reef Fish Survey was developed specifically to provide more robust data for management of red snapper and other important reef fish, and has allowed FWC the unprecedented opportunity to manage Gulf red snapper in state and federal waters.
All anglers fishing from private recreational vessels must sign up annually as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler to target red snapper and several other reef fish in Gulf state and federal waters (excluding Monroe County), even if they are exempt from fishing license requirements. Sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler at no cost at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by visiting any location you can purchase a license. Gulf Reef Fish Anglers may receive a questionnaire in the mail regarding their reef fish trips as part of Florida’s Gulf Reef Fish Survey. If you receive a survey, please respond whether you fished this season or not.
For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit must have State Gulf Reef Fish Charter on their license to target red snapper and other reef fish in Gulf state waters (excluding Monroe County). This can be done at no cost at a local tax collector’s office.
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